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Chocolate Protein Pancakes

20 mins
10 pancakes
Start your day with a generous serving of protein pancakes made with chocolate protein powder and old fashioned oats, then top with a few strawberries and powdered sugar!
Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Start your day with a generous serving of protein pancakes made with chocolate protein powder and old fashioned oats, then top with a few strawberries and powdered sugar!
Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast foods. I seriously could eat pancakes everyday if you let me… or if someone else was willing to do the dishes after I made them.

I’m good with either.

Chocolate Pancakes

So it’s probably no surprise that pancakes aren’t the healthiest breakfast food around.

Really there aren’t many indulgent breakfast foods that are healthy and, I find that trying to provide the best for my family is not always an easy task.

Yes, I do try and set a good example by working out daily and eating a mostly healthy diet but of course there are meals where we indulge.

However, most of the time I do try and cook healthy meals for us. Even if it means creating healthy things out of foods that my kids don’t think it’s possible to make healthy.

Like pancakes…

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Plus, at only 130 calories per serving, it makes living a healthy, active lifestyle a cinch. Now, I’ve been on a quest to find a great protein powder that would translate to great food for quite some time and I think I finally found it with Vega Essentials.

I love protein powders that are much more versatile than just making a shake with.

I mean, there is nothing wrong with using it for that but with my food blogging and fitness coaching businesses, and also trying to lead and set a healthy example for my kids, it’s nice to have something that I can do more with.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Healthy chocolate pancakes have been on my to-do list for quite some time and I am finally getting to share them with you today! 

When I first started making these, my oldest stuck her nose up at them, of course, until I told her they would be chocolate. Then those big blue eyes sprung open and she sat at the breakfast bar waiting in anticipation.

She was still hesitant because I attached the word “healthy” and “protein” to them. What kid likes healthy and protein in the same sentence with the title of their food?

Not many.

But after tasting the first bite she devoured an entire stack and I ended up having to make a double batch because she only left 2 for me and the baby. I made a second batch and we sat and ate them all together.

She was full until well-past lunch and I was satisfied that she got something “healthy” and “protein” packed to start her busy day of running outside with the neighbor kids.

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

4.41 from 205 votes
Start your day with a generous serving of protein pancakes made with chocolate protein powder and old fashioned oats, then top with a few strawberries and powdered sugar!
Yield 10 pancakes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • powdered sugar optional
  • strawberries optional


  • Preheat griddle or skillet to medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add eggs, bananas, and oats to blender. Blend on low for 15-30 seconds until oats are ground and bananas are fully mashed.
  • Add protein powder, cocoa powder, and cinnamon and blend again on low for additional 30-45 seconds until smooth.
  • Drop by 1/4 cup full onto pre-heated griddle and cook until bubbles begin to form and edges are just setting. Flip and cook through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately topped with fresh strawberries and little powdered sugar, if desired.
  • Leftover pancakes can be kept in plastic baggies in freezer until ready to use, then just pop in toaster to reheat.
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This Post Has 67 Comments

  1. These pancakes look amazing! I’m excited to see that there’s a healthy alternative for pancakes. Can’t wait to try this soon. Thanks for sharing! #client

  2. I’m thrilled to feature your pancakes at tonight’s Foodie Friday. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and the magical GIF!

  3. Super cool! I’m always up for trying new protein powders, and I totally agree – it’s so nice to make something with it other than shakes and smoothies 🙂 These look delicious! And such lovely photos too!

    1. I know… I’m all for shakes and smoothies, but I also like to experiment with my protein powders and make more than just that. Protein pancakes are one of my favorites!

    1. Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve never tried the cookies and cream protein before but I’m sure it can’t hurt since you are adding a little extra chocolate in there anyway.

  4. I’m super impressed right now. Know why? Because I just happened to read this recipe less than hours after purchasing the Vega Chocolate Protein Powder! How funny is that? It’s New Years morning, and I think these pancakes would be a great way to start the year. 🙂

  5. Hello,

    This might seem like a silly question but I was wondering what kind of oatmeal you used-old fashioned or instant? Thanks!

  6. Can you taste the banana in these? If my littles taste any hint of fruit in them, they will not eat them. Or can you suggest a banana substitute?
    Thank you!

  7. Do you have any nutritional info for this recipe? It looks AMAZING & I’m going to make it this morning. Just curious…

  8. I used this to make protein waffles today, they were fantastic!

    I was looking for a recipe that didn’t have any added sugar or strange flours and this fit the bill. I did substitute 1 cup of applesauce for the bananas because that’s all we had on hand but there was no discernible difference.

    Thank you!

  9. I just recently discovered this recipe; a big chocoholic family! I’ve made both pancakes and waffles with this recipe! So good! No more feeling guilty about wanting waffles or pancakes! Thanks!

  10. Look forward to trying these!
    Just a quick question, I see you have said they are 130 calories per serving. How much is a serving?

    1. Hey Paige, I’m not sure where you’re seeing that the recipe has 130 calories per serving because I don’t provide nutritional information for my recipes. However, the serving size is 4 pancakes per serving.

  11. Hi
    I’m so excited to try this since I’m chocoholic person
    But can I substitute Hanan with anything else like vanilla extract or any other suggestion?? Cause I have allergies to bananas and strawberries
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Muna, I’m assuming your Hanan is referring to the bananas? I believe that a reader substituted the bananas with applesauce and it worked out for her. And the strawberries are completely optional.

  12. I was looking for a high protein recipe for my husband who must eat high protein due to his recovery from sarcoma tumor removal and chemo. These were great! Thanks.

    1. I calculated the nutritions. The only differents is that i used halve of the oats, only the eggwhites and i little milk. Oh and coconutoil to bake in.
      Kcal = 410
      Carbohydrates = 48.6 grams
      Vet = 12.3 grams
      Protein = 30.7 grams

  13. Yes! I was looking for recipes with protein powder. I just made these and love it. It is a great alternative if you dont like shakes. The only thing in did different was using half of the oats and use eggwhites in stead of whole eggs. Thanks!

  14. What good is a nutritionally focussed recipe without nutritional information? This is a FAIL!

  15. These were not very good. Mine were bland and a bit bitter and gummy. I think it might have benefitted from a pinch of salt and some agave… and maybe baking powder. It was worth a shot though! I’m still searching for the perfect protein powder pancake.

  16. So I tried this , but didn’t expect it to turn out so delicious. Extremely healthy and tasty too !!! Have shared your recipe with friends too.
    Must try !!!!

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